Andy Brown

Andy has been writing about the governance of sport for over 15 years. Prior to working on the Sports Integrity Initiative, he was the editor of World Sports Law Report for eight years. He has also worked for the Press Association and has written for numerous trade magazines. He has also created, chaired and spoken at numerous conferences on the business of sport, and produced the Sports Law Show for iSportConnect TV.

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News 09/04/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 9 April 2021

• Witold Bańka, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has taken legal action against Grzegorz Łakomski, Editor of TVN24, alleging ‘many months of actions aimed at discrediting me’. In a letter, Bańka accuses Łakomski of sending ‘false information’ to WADA and Stadion Śląski alleging that he had violated...

News 09/04/2021

French runner claims EPO ban is due to abuse by stepfather

Ophélie Claude-Boxberger has been sanctioned with a backdated two year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO), after the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) apparently accepted that she was injected by her stepfather without her knowledge. The steeplechase athlete, who will miss the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics,...

Opinion 08/04/2021

Beth Potter’s 5k: Skill, shoes, or substances?

On 3 April 2021 at the Podium 5k at Barrowford, Lancashire, Beth Potter ran a 5k in a time of 14 minutes 41 seconds, which is inside the world record. However, it appears unlikely that Potter will be crowned as the new World or even the British record holder....

07/04/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 7 April 2021

• Heiki Nabi’s appeal against a provisional suspension imposed by the Estonian Anti-Doping and Sports Integrity Agency (EADSE) following an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a metabolite of letrozole has been rejected in an Estonian court, reports ERR. It is understood that the Greco-Roman wrestler (pictured) argued that EADSE...

Features 06/04/2021

Criminal case against founders of Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation

The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus (СкРБ) has opened a criminal case against the founders of the Belarusian Sports Solidarity Foundation (BSSF). However, the actions of the State highlight that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was right to maintain sanctions against the Belarus Olympic Committee (НокРБ), after...

30/03/2021

Dutch prevalence Study estimates doping at 12.5% in elite sport

Doping amongst elite athletes in The Netherlands is estimated at 12.5%, a prevalence Study conducted by the Mulier Institute and supported by the Dutch ministry of health, welfare and sport (VWS) has concluded. The Study used the randomised response technique (RRT), in which surveys are structured using statistical methods...

30/03/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 30 March 2021

• Dr. Eufemiano Fuentes has claimed that Spanish medalists at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics used prohibited substances, in an interview by Jordi Évole for LaSexta. Real Madrid is reportedly considering legal action after Fuentes, who was the doctor at the centre of the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation, didn’t...

29/03/2021

WADA investigating why UKAD allowed British Cycling to conduct private doping probe

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating why UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) allowed British Cycling to conduct its own investigation into an ‘abnormal’ finding involving nandrolone in 2011. An investigation for the Mail on Sunday revealed that following the results of the late 2010 test involving a British cyclist, UKAD...

26/03/2021

Sports Integrity Briefs – 26 March 2021

• A new cross border Study has found nine prohibited substances in sports and weight loss supplements available in the US that list Deterenol on the label, a beta-2 agonist that is not approved for human use in the US. ‘Weight loss and sports supplements listing deterenol as an ingredient...

26/03/2021

Athletes call for overhaul of anti-doping system

Athletes have called for a complete overhaul of the anti-doping system through a submission that falls outside of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Governance Reform Survey, the completion deadline for which is today. ‘The selection of questions and the ability to pick and choose responses that may serve a...

26/03/2021

29 AAFs from 5,214 tests in Italy during 2020

Twenty nine adverse analytical findings (AAFs) were recorded in Italy during 2020, 0.55% of 5,214 anti-doping tests performed during 2020, a statistical Report (click here to download) produced by Italy’s national anti-doping agency (NADO Italia) has revealed. More tests were performed outside of competition (3,144) than in competition (2,070)....

25/03/2021

Study suggests that saliva test for concussion in rugby may be possible

A new study suggests that saliva tests for concussion in rugby may be a possibility in the future. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found the presence of specific biomarkers in the saliva of male rugby union players diagnosed with concussion. The test has the...

24/03/2021

Sport’s self-interest makes it an ineffective policeman

Sport’s commercial self interest in ensuring that competitions continue makes it ineffective at self policing against corruption, doping, and issues that may harm athletes, heard delegates at Sport Resolutions 2021. In the first session of yesterday’s virtual conference, delegates heard how sport has historically failed to take effective preventative...

23/03/2021

MTK Global expands further into the football business

MTK Global, the boxing management company founded by alleged criminal Daniel Kinahan, has expanded its move into the football industry by agreeing a partnership with the Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), founded by former Arsenal player Nwankwo Kanu. The move follows the company’s launch of MTK Football, a player...

23/03/2021

Abramovich sues for libel over book’s claim about his Chelsea purchase

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is to sue a publisher for libel over claims in a book suggesting that his purchase of the club owed more to political orders and less to his love of football. The targets of his legal action are HarperCollins and author Catherine Belton, a former Moscow...

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